Human Rights

ACCR’s human rights program is focused on business-related human rights risks and abuses, including those which relate to structural discrimination, Indigenous consent, and militarised surveillance and control of international borders. We hold corporations to their commitments under international human rights standards, such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Indigenous consent

Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory are continuing to raise concerns about the flawed consultation and consent processes over plans for gas fracking. ACCR is calling on Origin Energy to disclose details of their process to establish free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) from traditional owners during petroleum exploration negotiations. Click here to read more about our engagement with Origin Energy on this.

Migration and security

This area of work targets corporations which are involved in the increasingly militarised surveillance and control of international borders, including immigration detention and forced deportation. Currently, we are targeting Qantas over their participation in the forced deportation of people who have sought asylum in Australia. Click here to read more about our Qantas work.

Race, gender and equity

Racial and gender inequities are reflected in labour market structures, workforce participation, pay differences, job security, health and safety outcomes, and rates of discrimination. Although this is an emerging area of work for ACCR, our initial research has established a serious lack of reporting on workforce issues including in gender and racial diversity and pay gaps in the workforce.